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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Radical Moderate Re:"Current infrastructure" (219 comments)

15 years ago, our communications network couldn't have handled it if everyone suddenly started streaming Netflix over broadband. But that's not how the world works. Electric cars will gradually get cheaper and more ubiquitous, and infrastructure will be incrementally upgraded. It's nothing to lose sleep over.

Besides, most charging will happen at night, when other demands on the grid are at their lightest.

7 hours ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

Radical Moderate Re:Big data, spying? (115 comments)

Good points, but I doubt anyone who's worried about having their game usage revealed would have their real name in their profile.

yesterday
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Steam's Most Popular Games

Radical Moderate Re:Big data, spying? (115 comments)

"Does Valve know any time I've played such and such games, on which servers and so on? "

Almost certainly, yes. Typical of any system that keeps logs. Welcome to the Interwebs. Are they handing that data out? Probably not. If you read TFA, you'll see Ars came up with a clever method to scrape data using Steam ID numbers, which they have no way of tying to usernames or real identities. So, pretty anonymous.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Radical Moderate Uh...no (1469 comments)

"...the intention was a check of power: that the people would rise up and fight a corrupt government and take it back."

Nice try. The founders intended that the well-regulated militia be under the command of the government. If you don't believe me, google "whiskey rebellion".

yesterday
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Radical Moderate Re:The universe does not need us.... (312 comments)

Have not heard of Sheffield, will check him out. I'm not sure I buy the "fresh start" framing. No matter how far we travel, I expect a lot of cultural baggage will come with us, and a lot of our irrational behavior is hard-wired into our brains. But I'm kinda cynical.

3 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Radical Moderate The universe does not need us.... (312 comments)

....so what's the point of making huge investments to ensure that mankind continues on some other planet? On the flip side, billions of humans on earth need food, shelter, clean water, and education right fucking now. Once we get our house in order I could see wasting a few trillion dollars on a cosmic vanity project, but not until then.

3 days ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Radical Moderate Fair point. In XP the Start menu.... (294 comments)

was easy to customize. Win 7 made it much harder, although the Pin to Start Menu feature was pretty slick. I hate Win 8.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Radical Moderate Re:As usual, Outlook is conspicuous... (184 comments)

Fair enough. Exchange does behave pretty well on my iPhone.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Radical Moderate As usual, Outlook is conspicuous... (184 comments)

...in it's absence. Honestly, is it really that hard to develop an Outlook client? I mean, I understand that Microsoft is only one of the biggest companies in the world, but, still....

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

Radical Moderate Can we quit abusing the word "monopoly"? (282 comments)

"The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories "

If there were only one or two car manufacturers, sure, that would be a monopoly. Yes, in this case the franchise model is enforced by the government, but that doesn't automatically make it monopolistic. Plenty of franchisers outside of the auto industry have self-imposed rules regarding franchise location. That's why you don't see two McDonalds across the street from each other.

Which is more monopolistic: A system that forces car manufacturers to sell to consumers through independent dealers--many of whom carry more than one brand, or a system where the manufacturer owns the whole distribution chain, including the dealer?

I actually don't have a problem with Tesla's model, and am no fan of dealerships, but let's stop misusing the term "monopoly" to describe the current situation.

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

Radical Moderate Well, that sort of explains Windows 8... (164 comments)

...although I'd say the devs were on something stronger than antidepressants.

All kidding aside, Win8 does seem to be a product of "Who cares what our customers want, we'll do it our way and they can just suck it", which pretty much defines comfortable complacency.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Radical Moderate Did you--and the other DVD lovers--read TFA? (490 comments)

The author's question is not "Why does Netflix offer DVDs?". It's "Why is some content offered exclusively on DVDs, and not offered for streaming?" Yes, the summary is kind of misleading.
Welcome to Slashdot.

Sure, DVDs are all kinds of wonderful. But I prefer streaming because I don't have to plan what I watch days in advance, or deal with unpacking, packing, and mailing a DVD. No, it's not difficult, but streaming is more convenient. For me. If you prefer a DVD, fine. Again, the issue isn't DVDs, it's Netflix', or the creators', refusal to allow streaming of some content.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Radical Moderate Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (490 comments)

I am a subscriber. The author mentions he paid Google to stream The Dark Night Rises, because Netflix won't stream it. That's not an older movie that only a couple hundred people will watch. I mostly use Netflix for TV shows, and typically the latest seasons are DVD only, it can take a year or two after DVD release before they'll stream them. I suppose your reality may be that DVD-only applies to old movies exclusively, but that's not my experience. Many of the most popular series--Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones--are DVD only, and it sure isn't because no one is watching them.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Radical Moderate Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (490 comments)

I agree. I deal with a lot of software publishers, and most of the old-timers are terrified of "the cloud". Want to run an app on a terminal server instead of installing on a couple hundred desktops? Get ready for a long discussion with Legal. More companies are starting to get it, but there are still a lot of holdouts. I expect content providers are the same: sure, they'll let you stream their old crap that's just clogging up the bargain bins, but there's no way they'll expose their shiny new releases to the horrors of "the cloud". It's a control thing, or rather the perception of control.

I'm not saying that's the only reason, but I expect it's a factor.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Radical Moderate I was expecting a healthy dose of stupidity... (394 comments)

but the author actually did his homework and seems pretty reasonable. Wouldn't kill Tesla to put a little more space between the pedals in the future. Retrofitting would be a nightmare, but hardly seems necessary.

about three weeks ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

Radical Moderate It is called maths!? IT!! Really? (384 comments)

If "Maths" is plural, shouldn't that be "In the rest of the world they are called Maths"? Ipso facto: Math.

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

Radical Moderate I should add... (248 comments)

I have no doubt that he can be quite harsh when the situation calls for it. Part of being a CEO is bringing down the hammer. A lot of them don't know when to turn that off, I give Ballmer some credit for not being one of them.

about a month and a half ago

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Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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